Board your motorcoach and travel towards the Rotorua Museum of Art and History, housed in the historic Bath House building, located in the Government Gardens. Learn all about their Maori Collection, Fine Arts Collection and Social History collection during your guided tour.
At the Historic Blue Baths, take a trip down memory lane as you wander through the former Mens changing rooms. Movies and displays tell stories of personalities, champion swimmers and divers who used the Pools before closure in 1982. Built during the Great Depression, the thoroughly modern swimming establishment was a considerable break away from Rotorua’s other Government bath houses, both architecturally and in attitude. Enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches and scones in this iconic place and wander through the ages in their museum. Next travel to Te Puia- Commence your guided tour to our nocturnal kiwi house. Try to spot the New Zealand kiwi in a specially lit kiwi house before exploring the unique geothermal reserve with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud pools to the world famous 30 metre (100 foot) Pohutu geyser, which can erupt up to 20 times a day.
Our tour ends at the Taonga (treasure) gallery and gift shop. Take home something unique and special from Te Puia. See a wide range of wood carvings, greenstone (New Zealand jade) carvings and jewellery, woven items and other authentic Māori treasures and souvenirs.
Be sure to bring your camera, although photography may be restricted within some areas of Te Puia.
Enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches and scones whilst visiting the Blue baths and wander through the ages in the museum.
The journey from the ship to Rotorua is approximately 80 minutes each way. Wear comfortable walking shoes as your walk at the thermal reserve consists of 600 metres of worn walkways. Photography may be restricted within some areas of Te Puia and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies. As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere although it is not harmful to breathe. The sequence of the tour may vary.